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COVID-19 Vaccine rollout for the Disability Sector

Frequently Asked Questions

Date of publication: 10 June 2021

NDS has made every effort to ensure that the information contained in this resource is correct at the time of publishing. Please email NDS if a link to resources on external websites is broken or a resource no longer available. NDS will continue to monitor changes and developments in the Vaccine roll-out and will update this FAQ.

Vaccine rollout

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccination?

The Australian Government continues to work through Phases 1 and 2 of the vaccination rollout. From late May, it has expanded the COVID-19 vaccination program to increase access for people with a disability and workers in the disability sector.  

Eligible people with a disability:

  • NDIS participants aged 16 and over
  • Those who have a significant disability or underlying medical condition aged 16 and over
  • Residents living in a group home with two or more people

Eligible people working in disability:

  • Carers of NDIS participants
  • Staff, carers, infrequent visitors and volunteers in a residential care setting.
  • Workers who provide in-home and community disability and aged care, including centre-based care.   

In addition, all adults 50 years and over can now receive the AstraZeneca vaccine and all adults 40 – 49 can access the Pfizer vaccine at state and territory vaccination clinics.

Disability services staff, volunteers, clients and their families and household members over the age of 50 can go to any of these clinics in preference to onsite vaccinations. The eligibility checker will list the nearest clinics to you.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the age of 16 and some critical high-risk workers aged under 40 are also eligible to receive vaccinations now.

States and territories will amend their eligibility criteria based on their COVID-19 situation and vaccine supply and uptake. Please stay up to date with information from your state or territory health department.

For further details about your eligibility and an appropriate clinic near you, use the eligibility checker or see FAQ quick links for state and territory contacts.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccination?

Once you have determined you are eligible for a vaccine, the eligibility checker will list the nearest clinics to you, delivering the vaccine matching your eligibility and indicate whether you need to book or just walk in.

The disability sector can access vaccinations through four channels.

  • Primary care sites – more than 4600 sites, including general practices (GPs), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services and Commonwealth Vaccination clinics
  • State and Territory operated clinics – more than 600 state and territory operated vaccination clinics
  • GP in-reach – GPs are providing in-reach services to administer vaccinations for individuals in residential disability settings sites identified by disability service providers.
  • Commonwealth in-reach and hubs – both in-reach services and dedicated hubs are being progressively established in partnership with disability providers for people with a disability.

The Commonwealth vaccination hubs will provide COVID-19 vaccinations in additional safe and accessible locations for eligible NDIS participants.

NDIS disability workers and primary carers of people with disability will also be able to access the hubs.

All disability workers can visit their state or territory government-run clinics to access the vaccine recommended for their age. Disability workers aged under 50 can also access a dedicated Commonwealth vaccination clinic for the Pfizer vaccine.  See your state or territory health department website for more information.

Is proof needed to get a vaccination under Phase 1a and 1b?

Anyone seeking a vaccination during Phase 1a and 1b must complete the Department of Health (DoH) eligibility declaration form.

This form has a checklist of evidence needed to demonstrate eligibility for Phase 1a and 1b.

Will the Vaccination Program visit my disability service?

To check if the in-reach vaccination team is coming to your disability service, contact the COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080 or ask at COVID-19 vaccine enquiries.

The in-reach vaccination team will contact you at least two weeks before visiting:

  • to check numbers of staff and residents receiving vaccinations
  • the age of those receiving vaccinations to allocate AstraZeneca (50+) or Pfizer (under 50)

If you have not registered your service for Phase 1a in-reach vaccinations, you must organise your own vaccine provider options through your state/territory or local health providers.

Please contact NDS if you need assistance to identify state or territory vaccination options.

Do staff or residents unable to attend the onsite clinic miss out?

Staff or residents who are not available when the in-reach vaccination team is at your site can receive vaccinations at state and territory government-run clinics, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, GPs registered as vaccine providers or a Commonwealth dedicated disability vaccination hub.

How will people know what vaccine they receive?

There are two COVID-19 vaccines available, and both have been approved for use by meeting the strict standards for safety, quality, and efficacy of Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

  1. Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  2. Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine.

The vaccines people receive will depend on the clinical guidelines that determine who the vaccine is safe for.

Those 50 and over will be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine if this will not pose an increased risk of side effects in relation to any pre-existing medical conditions. 

Anyone 16 to under 50 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine if this will not pose any increased risk of side effects in relation to any pre-existing medical conditions. 

People younger than 50 years can give their consent to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine where they have consulted a GP and advised they are not in the increased risk group for the very rare but serious side effect called thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia (TTS). 

When will the rest of the population receive a vaccination?

Dates have not yet been set for the rollout of the concluding phases.

Anyone aged 16-39 and not eligible under the current rollout criteria, will be offered vaccines at a later date. TGA approval is pending for children under 16.

How can people book a COVID-19 vaccination? 

The vaccine eligibility checker provides information about eligibility and how to book, either online or by phone.

People under 50 will be directed to a vaccination provider able to give a Pfizer vaccination. This option will be dependent on supply.

People eligible through Phase 2a and adults 40-49 can receive vaccinations at state and territory government-run clinics, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service and GPs registered as vaccine providers.

Refer to your state and territory government websites.

Do people have to pay for a COVID-19 vaccination?

A national support payment of $150 per NDIS participant is now available for disability providers to assist NDIS supported independent living participants eligible within Phase 1a to attend offsite locations, including Commonwealth hubs, state clinics and GPs.

For providers - coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 vaccination is free to everyone living in Australia.

This includes:

  • Australian citizens, permanent residents, holders of temporary visas and those not eligible for Medicare
  • refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders and those on bridging visas
  • people currently in detention facilities including those whose visas have been cancelled.
  • Healthcare providers won’t charge fees to administer the vaccine. People are encouraged to ensure their Medicare card details are up to date before getting a vaccination.

People who are not eligible for Medicare will be encouraged to attend a general practice respiratory clinic or state or territory vaccination.

Do people get proof they have received a vaccine?

People can download or print their immunisation history statement through their online Medicare account or via the Medicare app. The immunisation history statement will identify each of the two COVID-19 vaccination doses.

The vaccine provider or another health professional can also be asked to print a statement of vaccination.

The Services Australia website steps through how to access the immunisation statements.

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Victorian vaccine blitz

When is the vaccine blitz for workers in disability residential services in Victoria?

Workers in disability residential services (public and private) have been given priority walk-in access at 10 vaccination centres across the state from Wednesday, 2 June to Sunday, 6 June between 9.00am – 4.00pm. Staff will receive either Pfizer or Astra Zeneca vaccines depending on their age.

Do I need to make a booking during the blitz?

Eligible staff are encouraged to walk in, rather than making a booking. Workers in disability residential services need to make themselves known when they arrive to be given priority walk-in access at the participating vaccination centres during the blitz. 

What centres are participating in the blitz?

  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
  • Sandown Racecourse
  • Melbourne Showgrounds
  • Former Ford Factory – Geelong
  • Bendigo Community Clinic
  • Ballarat Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre
  • Shepparton Showgrounds – McIntosh Centre
  • Traralgon Racecourse
  • Wodonga Vaccination Hub

 How can I show I am an eligible disability worker?

The Victorian Government has provided a proof of eligibility letter for disability residential workers that can be downloaded and printed to show at the centre for priority access.

Other proof which can be used is:

I am eligible but cannot get to one of the participating centres

Disability residential workers can present at any Victorian vaccination centre which is not offering priority access during the blitz and provide the proof of eligibility letter. Priority access may be given at the discretion of the centre staff.

A new Commonwealth vaccination clinic for people with disability in Thomastown was opened last week for people with disability, their support workers and their primary carers. 

I am eligible but cannot get to a Blitz centre between 9.00am – 4.00pm.

Disability residential workers can present at any Victorian vaccination centre which is not offering priority access during the blitz and provide the proof of eligibility letter. Priority access may be given at the discretion of the centre staff.

A new Commonwealth vaccination clinic for people with disability in Thomastown was opened last week for people with disability, their support workers and their primary carers. 

I’ve just had the flu vaccine. Will I miss out on the Blitz?

The recommended time period of 14 days between receiving the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine now no longer applies given the situation in Victoria.

However, the two vaccines should not be given on the same day.  People not in disability residential services should still wait 14 days between vaccines.

Do I have to wait for the in-reach vaccine delivery at my workplace?

While the Commonwealth will continue to be responsible for in-reach COVID-19 vaccine delivery at disability residential settings, staff can choose to get a walk-in vaccination or book at one of Victoria’s vaccination centres.

NDIS participants and other community members currently eligible for vaccination can also access their vaccinations at state-run vaccination sites.

What vaccine will I receive?

Disability residential workers will receive either Pfizer or Astra Zeneca vaccines depending on their age.  

I’m a disability worker, but not in a residential care facility. Can I take part in the Blitz?

Priority access during the Blitz from June 2 – 6 is for workers in disability residential settings. However, all disability care staff are already eligible to walk in or book at all vaccination centres. This will continue after June 6 for all workers not able to access the vaccine blitz.

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Vaccines and their effectiveness

Is the COVID-19 vaccination compulsory?

The decision to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Australia is voluntary.  

People with a disability who are vaccinated can ask their disability support provider to encourage their support worker to be vaccinated. If a worker chooses not to be vaccinated, the service provider will need to make alternative arrangements, including identifying another support worker.

Disability service providers or support workers who refuse to continue providing supports to a person with a disability because of their decision to receive or not receive the vaccination, may be breaching the NDIS Code of Conduct. 

Can people choose what vaccine they receive?

There are two COVID-19 vaccines available, and both have been approved for use by meeting the strict standards for safety, quality, and efficacy of Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

  1. Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  2. Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine.

The vaccine people will receive will depend on:

  • when and where they will be vaccinated
  • the clinical guidelines that determine who each vaccine is safe for.

See How will people know what vaccine they receive?

Within these guidelines, there is flexibility for a GP to administer a preferred vaccine to an individual if a pre-existing medical condition creates a higher risk of side effects from either vaccine.

Anyone can decline the vaccine option available to them and elect to wait for another option in the future. To enquire about receiving a vaccine of their choice contact the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080, or state or territory FAQ quick links.

Individuals with concerns about the vaccine available to them are advised to discuss these with their GP to review the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccine appropriate for their age and health status. 

Is AstraZeneca less effective than Pfizer against COVID-19?

Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective at stopping people from becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19.

The vaccines have been thoroughly assessed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and found to be effective. See approval of the vaccines.

Emerging data from other parts of the world where the AstraZeneca vaccine has been received by tens of thousands of people have indicated the rate of protection increases with a longer period between the first and second dose. 

Receiving the second dose after 12 weeks, rather than the minimum four, significantly increases the effectiveness of AstraZeneca, and is recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). 

Easy read documents about AstraZeneca and Pfizer are available.

Additional easy read resources are listed in this FAQ in the Vaccine resources section.

Can people have the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations at the same time?

There must be a minimum of 14 days, before or after any COVID-19 Vaccine doses, and any other vaccination including the seasonal flu.

Pfizer

The two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are given three weeks apart. Anyone receiving the Pfizer vaccine will need to have a flu vaccine 14 days prior to their first dose or 14 days after the second dose.

AstraZeneca

The two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are given 12 weeks apart. Anyone receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine can have a flu vaccine 14 days before or after the first or second doses.

Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation provides advice on influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.

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Vaccine hesitancy

What information is available for people who are unsure about having a COVID-19 vaccination?

Vaccine hesitancy is not uncommon as many people are nervous about having an injection of any kind. The vaccination program has not been straightforward. In addition, the news surrounding risks of vaccination have increased fear and a perception that the risks outweigh the benefits.

Disability providers can encourage staff or people with disabilities who have any concerns about receiving the vaccination to discuss these with their GP or health practitioner.  

Providers can also make use of resources developed by DoH to answer concerns about COVID-19 vaccinations, including:

Were COVID-19 vaccines developed too quickly to be safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines have been developed very quickly, with researchers around the world working hard to develop the vaccines from the earliest stages of the pandemic, and in close collaboration with scientists, manufacturers, and distributors.

The vaccines available in Australia have been approved by meeting the strict standards of Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA rigorously assessed each one for quality, safety, and efficacy before recommending it to the Australian Government.

For more detailed information on the COVID-19 vaccine approval processes:

This DoH video describes the TGA process of how they assess and approve vaccines.

Are there side effects from the vaccines? 

The side effects of the vaccines vary from one person to another with most people not reporting any at all. 

Most side effects are mild and don’t last for long. This might include pain where you were injected, fever or muscle aches.  Symptoms usually resolve within 24-48 hours and similar to flu-like symptoms.

DoH has information on side effects for Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

See your doctor, nurse, or go directly to the hospital if:

  • you have a reaction that you consider severe or unexpected
  • you are concerned about your condition after vaccination.

A COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Checker will assist anyone with concerns after their vaccination, or contact the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

Anyone with concerns about post-vaccine symptoms can also contact the NPS MedicineWise adverse medicine events line, or TGA Home - Adverse event reporting

Other resources:

Does AstraZeneca cause blood clots?

Millions of doses have been administered around the world to adults of all ages with very few serious side effects. However, there has been a link established between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a very rare but serious side effect called thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia.

There is an extremely low chance of this side effect, which may occur in around 4-6 people in every million after being vaccinated.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is responsible for advising the Department of Health on the safety of vaccines available for use in Australia. The group is continually reviewing the data available from other countries regarding vaccine effectiveness and side effects and has released a statement in response to concerns identified and continued confidence in this vaccine as safe and appropriate for use in Australia.

Resources from DoH to help people make informed decisions about the COVID-19 vaccines:

Should people with allergies or pre-existing medical conditions get a COVID-19 vaccination?

People with comprised immune systems or allergies can check the ingredients of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines on the TGA website. Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines do not contain milk, egg, pork or pork products or latex.

Otherwise, ask a doctor or pharmacist to check the guidance for COVID-19 vaccines in Australia and the Australian Immunisation Handbook for advice.

The handbook will be updated with information on COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia. Cancer Australia has frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines for people affected by cancer available on their website.

Information on the ingredients of vaccines approved for use in Australia is available in the Consumer Medicines Information leaflet on the TGA website using the search term ‘Consumer Medicines Information’.

DoH has produced a vaccination decision guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy.

Follow the ATAGI statements to see the latest clinical advice for the vaccines following weekly COVID-19 meetings.

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Employer and workplace information

How should disability services staff prepare for the onsite COVID-19 vaccination?

Disability workers receiving a vaccination from the in-reach vaccination team must complete the consent form for COVID-19 vaccination, as does every Australian receiving a vaccine.

Providers should encourage staff to complete the form well ahead of the onsite visit, allowing plenty of time for workers to fully understand the information about the vaccines and the brand of vaccine they will be offered, the vaccination schedule and whether they wish to consult with a GP. 

The vaccine provider can refer a staff member to their health practitioner for additional advice if they feel someone does not fully understand the process or still has questions. If this occurs, the staff member will not miss out if they are advised it is safe to proceed, however may need to book with a local vaccine provider.

To find the closest vaccine providers, go to the DoH vaccine eligibility checker

What proof of eligibility will staff need if they go to a vaccination clinic? 

Staff members who are not vaccinated at their workplace, can receive a vaccination from a local vaccine provider.  

They will need to provide evidence for Phase 1a or 1b of their eligibility:

  1. Proof of Occupation ID card showing employment at a relevant occupation; or
  2. Letter from their employer confirming they are currently employed in a priority occupation for Phase 1a or 1b

If neither option above is available, an individual eligible for Phase 1a or 1b can complete the Vaccine Eligibility Declaration Form available at their vaccination site, online or by hand in advance. It must be signed and given to the Vaccine Provider at the time of appointment for vaccination.

Phase 2a

Staff who are 50 and over are eligible for vaccination as part of phase 2a.

Proof of identity is a standard form of ID that has their date of birth and photo. A Medicare card will also be required in GP clinics. 

Should residential staff be paid to attend an onsite vaccination clinic if they are not rostered for work?

There is currently no information from the DoH regarding staff payments to attend an in-reach vaccination at their worksite or anywhere else to receive their vaccination if they are not rostered to work on the day the vaccinations are being provided.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone. Anyone who receives this from a GP will be asked for their Medicare card as GPs can bulk bill for their time.  

 Individuals who do not have a Medicare card will still be able to access a free vaccine - eg asylum seekers.

Get ready for your COVID-19 vaccinations - Services Australia

If an employer recommends COVID-19 vaccinations, can staff who experience serious side effects seek compensation?

While the Australian Government strongly supports immunisation, it is not compulsory. Disability sector workers maintain the right to choose whether to receive a vaccination.

The Government is not pursuing a no-fault COVID-19 vaccine injury compensation scheme. Serious side effects are extremely rare. 

Service Providers can only advise staff and people with disabilities to consider having the COVID-19 vaccinations. If they have any concerns regarding side effects and their own health conditions they need to consult with their own GP or through a local clinic to discuss these and make their own informed decision to accept or refuse the COVID-19 vaccination available to them. This is a voluntary decision.

It is not the responsibility of disability providers to address these issues. Identifying where a person can find information that will assist with their decision making and discussion with a GP supports staff and individuals with a disability to access information.   

If staff experience side effects or symptoms after their vaccination, what should they do? 

The DoH Vaccine Taskforce noted in an early Q&A forum with disability providers that anyone who is experiencing symptoms should stay at home. 

Most side effects are mild and don’t last for long. This might include pain where you were injected, fever or muscle aches.  Symptoms usually resolve within 24-48 hours and similar to flu-like symptoms./p>

As common symptoms vary from non-existent through to feeling unwell and needing to rest, individuals will need to make their own judgement regarding staying home, seeking additional medical advice or fitness to attend work as usual.

DoH has information on side effects for Pfizer and AstraZeneca

See your doctor, nurse, or go directly to the hospital if:

  • you have a reaction that you consider severe or unexpected
  • you are concerned about your condition after vaccination.

A COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Checker will assist anyone with concerns after their vaccination, or contact the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

Anyone with concerns about post-vaccine symptoms can also contact the NPS MedicineWise Adverse Medicine Events Line on 1300 134 237, 7 days a week 8.00am - 8.00pm AEST/AEDT  

or

TGA Home - Adverse event reporting  

Other resources:

Onsite Vaccine Providers will monitor all individuals for 15 minutes after their vaccination.

Disability providers will need to report any adverse reactions by staff or clients that occur following a COVID-19 vaccination provided by the in-reach vaccination team.

Service providers must ensure that staff or people living with disabilities know who to contact for assistance if any changes or concerns in their health occur in the first 24 hours and how to report an adverse event.   

State and Territory Government reporting contact details for any adverse reactions are listed on the SAFEVAC website.

Do people with symptoms after their vaccination need to have a COVID test?  

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the COVID-19 virus. It is impossible to get COVID-19 from these vaccines.  However, the vaccination does not provide immediate protection from COVID-19.

Anyone who reports COVID-19 symptoms in the first 48 hours after their vaccination, such as respiratory symptoms or loss of smell and not identified as typical side effects, is advised to seek a COVID-19 test.

Further information on symptoms is available on the DoH website.

If a disability worker shows COVID-19 symptoms after a vaccination, do we apply suspected COVID protocols?  

In this situation, you would apply relevant suspected COVID-19 case protocols and contact your State or Territory government health department for further advice.

Can a service provider require an employee to provide evidence of receiving vaccinations?

The Fair Work Commission has noted that directing an employee to provide evidence of vaccination is likely to raise privacy issues.

Any worker who has received the COVID-19 vaccination and agrees to provide evidence can access their immunisation record from the Australian Immunisation Register, through their Medicare account on MyGov or through a Unique Healthcare Identifier for anyone who does not have a Medicare account.

The Australian Fair Work Ombudsman website provides information and guidance about coronavirus vaccinations and the workplace for employers and employees.

Will COVID-19 vaccinations be mandated for disability workers?  

The Australian Government has stated it will not mandate the vaccine, in line with all other vaccinations in Australia.

State and Territory Governments could mandate these through their Chief Health Officer, however, apart from Queensland, there is no indication they are planning to do this instead are encouraging all people to make the decision to have the vaccine for themselves. 

NDS has adopted a policy decision in favour of Federal, State or Territory governments mandating that disability direct care workers, regardless of the setting and circumstances of this work, be required to have the COVID-19 vaccination. 

This policy decision has been formed based on sector feedback and with the aim of prioritising the safety of all people with a disability and the disability workforce. National Disability Services: vaccine must be mandatory.

Employers considering mandating the vaccine would need to consider their own legal and workplace industrial agreement perspectives.  

Refer to the Fair Work Commission for updates regarding mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.

Queensland is currently the only state or territory to mandate the requirement for a COVID vaccination for the health sector including health service employees and Queensland ambulance service employees and contractors who may have direct contact with a COVID-19 patient. More details available on the Qld Health website.

Can a service provider specify a COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for a new employee?

Fair Work Commission states in most circumstances an employer may be able to require a prospective employee to be vaccinated against coronavirus. 

Employers should first consider their obligations and responsibilities - for example, under general protections or anti-discrimination laws - before requiring that a prospective employee be vaccinated before commencing employment.

More information on discrimination protections under the Fair Work Act and guidance about COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace for employers and employees looking for clarity on their workplace rights and obligations is available on the commission’s website.

NDS advises IR and legal advice should always be sought regarding any decisions to include evidence of vaccination status as a prerequisite for specific positions.

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Preparing clients for vaccinations

Phase 1a and 1b

DoH has produced toolkits to support service providers working in aged care and in disability residential settings. 

The toolkits include a range of fact sheets, checklists, information for providers, how to organise consent in advance, what to expect before, during and 
after the in-reach vaccination team has been on site.

Other resources to support staff and people with disabilities to prepare for their vaccinations, including consent related documents, are included in these FAQs.

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Consent for people requiring decision making support

How do we organise informed consent for people living with a disability who require support with decision-making? 

To the extent that they are able, a person with disability should always be included in any decision that involves them, especially regarding their own health.

The NDIS Commission has released resources to assist with the process of gaining consent. Service providers are asked to give participants appropriate time to digest information and for participants to involve others in the decision-making process, if they wish.

Refer to the NDIS COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet: Informed consent, preparing for the vaccine, restrictive practices.

DoH has produced resources to assist disability providers, carers and people with disabilities understand the process for giving informed consent to receiving a COVID-19 vaccination:

The legislation on consent and who can be a substitute decision-maker varies in states and territories, with each being bound by their own legislation.

Organisations that will assist in each state and territory are listed below:

ACT: Support for People with Disability, ACT Community Services
NSW: NSW Trustee and Guardian 
NT: NT COVID-19 Vaccine roll-out
QLD: Office of the Public Guardian: Consent process for COVID-19 vaccination 
SA: Australian Government Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines
TAS: Australian Government Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines
VIC: Guideline on the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine - Office of the Public Advocate
WA: Making Treatment Decisions information from the Public Advocate

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Useful resources

Where can we locate vaccine information in other languages or in formats that are easier to understand? 

A range of resources and information have been developed to meet a variety of accessible needs. We have included these in sections related to their target audiences below. 

General resources

Disability providers can access useful resources they can use to inform and support their clients, staff, families, carers and volunteers to make a decision regarding the COVID-19 vaccination program. Feeling well-informed and safe will assist in reducing the level of vaccine hesitancy in the disability sector.

Rollout phases and eligibility 

The Australian Department of Health has a webpage with COVID-19 vaccine information and resources to help disability service providers plan for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Resources include:

More COVID-19 information is available on the DoH website in:

Decision making guides and consent  

Consent – Information for providers from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)  is a 12-page guidance for immunisation providers for gaining informed consent to COVID-19 vaccination, and answers to some frequently asked clinical questions.

Other guidance materials from ATAGI include:

Quick Links – vaccinations

As a result of the continual updating of state and territory vaccine rollout operations, the links to their separate websites are provided for access to current information.

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